made from Muscat de Frontignan and named for the proprietor’s wife
produced and bottled by Graham Beck Wines, Robertson, South Africa; 16.5% ABV
$6 for 500ml at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 July. We got only 12 bottles.
I was very excited when I saw these bottles, as it’s quite rare that the GO gets a dessert wine. However, it’s not a typical dessert wine, in that it’s fermented on the skins for a while and then fortified (video). While it’s not as exciting as its lovely appearance, it is a pretty tasty sweet wine for the price.
Like a couple ports I’ve reviewed here, this wine’s flavors (and acid) came out more after it had been open a few days. (I took only small pours each day.) Now, the wine shows flavors of golden grape / raisin, apricot, hints of orange peel, balancing acid, and an edge of caramel / roasted nut on the finish. I couldn’t taste any Botrytis, but it bears enough of a resemblance to my memory of Tokaji to be entertaining.